Keith Olbermann
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Keith Olbermann has been named the new co-host of "Football Night in America."
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/16/2007 2:34:42 PM ET 2007-04-16T18:34:42

Keith Olbermann is returning to sports broadcasting for the first time in six years as the co-host of the pre-game show for NBC's Sunday night NFL telecasts, NBC announced today.

Olbermann, who will continue to host his nightly news show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC TV, will round out the “Football Night in America” team of host Bob Costas, co-host Cris Collinsworth, and analysts Jerome Bettis and Tiki Barber.

"This will, obviously, be great fun and a great privilege for me," Olbermann said in a press release.  "To be reunited with NBC Sports, and Dick (Ebersol), and the entire production team, produces all the warm-and-fuzzies you'd be expecting. And even if they weren't old friends and colleagues, to get to work with the nonpareil of sportscasters in Bob, and the most insightful and honest of sports analysts in Cris, will be rewarding and challenging. I hope I can hold up my end of the equation."

Olbermann anchored ESPN’s “Sports Center” from 1992 to 1997 and served as an NBC Sports anchor in 1997, hosting the World Series and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.  He currently appears on Dan Patrick’s ESPN Radio program, “The Dan Patrick Show,” every day from 2 to 3 p.m. for sports commentary and analysis.

"Keith helped to elevate the medium of sports television earlier in his career, and now he will add his original style and flair to 'Football Night in America,'" NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairm Dick Ebersol said in a press release.  "I'm delighted to welcome him back into the NBC Sports family."

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